The Widow

  • by Fiona Barton
  • Narrated by Clare Corbett
  • 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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We've all seen him: the man - the monster - staring from the front page of every newspaper, accused of a terrible crime.
But what about her: the woman who grips his arm on the courtroom stairs - the wife who stands by him?
Jean Taylor's life was blissfully ordinary. Nice house, nice husband. Glen was all she'd ever wanted: her Prince Charming.
Until he became that man accused, that monster on the front page. Jean was married to a man everyone thought capable of unimaginable evil.
But now Glen is dead, and she's alone for the first time, free to tell her story on her own terms.
Jean Taylor is going to tell us what she knows.


What the Critics Say

"The ultimate psychological thriller." (Lisa Gardner)
"My book of the year so far." (C. L. Taylor, author of The Lie)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Great, no frills British psychological drama

It's rare to find psychological thrillers that aren't over the top. Instead of bodies piling up, this entire novel premises around one particular child abduction and how the people around were affected. The widow of the alleged criminal is a completely flawed person, battling her own demons whilst trying to live with him and the press / police constantly hounding her. She is by far imperfect. If I say anymore it may reveal too much. Looking forward to see this on the small screen.
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- Suswati

Confession is a dangerous thing.

Great story and characters, engaging and with a realistic feel that few books achieve, the reporters side of the story feels new and three dimensional, like the inner voices of some of the characters. It feels personal, a realistic exposure of crime we read about on papers with very little background or understanding of the devastation one act can incur on so many.

The story is sad and disturbing but presented with sensitivity and understanding that it is not voyeuristic of the crime or dismissive of the victim, it builds around her and the waves her loss brings to all involved. A true psychological thriller that deepens the empathy not the violence.

It represents the police and press in realistic way with no histrionics or romanticism and humanises a crime instead instead of the usual exploitive gore that is so prevalent.

This is one of the few books I could not put down and finished it in one sitting. A true finding.

The author second books does include some of the characters in this one, yes there is more coming soon.
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- Wras

Book Details

  • Release Date: 14-01-2016
  • Publisher: Audible Studios